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‘I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out’ – James Anderson on Bumrah’s barrage of bouncers in Lords Test

By BetBarter Staff

August 24, 2021

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah had a brilliant Test match at Lords against England. The 27-year-old not only shined with the ball in hand but also batted well with Mohammed Shami and scored an invaluable 34 to put India ahead.

 Although India’s sensational come from behind win was the talk of the town, the James Anderson vs Bumrah duel too was not far behind as it got enough attention and milage after the Test match was over.

 It all started when Bumrah bowled a barrage of bouncers to Anderson, which didn’t go well with the veteran. When Day 3 was over, the Indian pacer ran towards Anderson and patted him on back. But the latter was in no mood to talk and instead exchanged a few words with him.

Now Anderson has opened up on the incident and said that he didn’t felt like Bumrah was trying to get him out. “I got caught off guard a little bit because all the batters coming in were saying how slow the pitch was. When I came out to bat, Joe said Bumrah was not bowling as quick as he normally does. And then, the first ball was 90 miles an hour and on the money, wasn’t it? And it felt like, I haven’t felt like this ever in my career. I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out," Anderson elaborated in the Tailenders podcast.

 Anderson concluded by saying he was trying to hang in there and bring Joe Root on strike. "He bowled an over, maybe 10, 11, 12 balls. He was bowling no-ball after no-ball, bowling short. I think he bowled two on the stumps which I managed to dig out. So for me, it was just about trying to survive that and get Joe back on strike.”